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as in: cleave to Define
to hold firmly to something -- such as an object, a person or idea
  • And they laughed, sporting in a circle of their foam: and the bark clave the waves.

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  • The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
  • Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
    Genesis 2:23 (KJV)

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  • Stephen bent forward and peered at the mirror held out to him, cleft by a crooked crack.
  • A dumb belch of hunger cleft his speech.

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  • Dicers and thimbleriggers we hurried by after the hoofs, the vying caps and jackets and past the meatfaced woman, a butcher’s dame, nuzzling thirstily her clove of orange.
  • Clove her breath was always in theatre when she bent to ask a question.
  • THE LOITERERS: (Guffaw with cleft palates) O jays!
  • It burns, the orient, a sky of sapphire, cleft by the bronze flight of eagles.
  • Cleave to her!
  • The navvy, staggering forward, cleaves the crowd and lurches towards the tramsiding on the farther side under the railway bridge bloom appears, flushed, panting, cramming bread and chocolate into a sidepocket.
  • The cloven sex.
  • (The camel, lifting a foreleg, plucks from a tree a large mango fruit, offers it to his mistress, blinking, in his cloven hoof, then droops his head and, grunting, with uplifted neck, fumbles to kneel.

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as in: cleave through Define
to split something -- especially with violent force or: to cut through something
as in: cleave to Define
to hold firmly to something -- such as an object, a person or idea
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